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Anna - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 1,158
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 7.82%
Wants: 459
Gots: 251 | FT: 35
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Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kingcrowing on 12-31-2010

Anna is Bière de Miel, brewed with 20% raw wildflower Vermont honey and our house saison yeast.
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look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml split into a couple of tulips. The brew appears a clear straw yellow color with a billowing white head more than 3 fingers strong. As the cap slowly fades, it leaves thick patchy lacing effect on the glass. Overall the brew looks very appealing.

The smell is earthy with an unfortunate amount of sulfur that dominates most of the aromatics and gets worse when it is switled. Under the sulfur, it displays some solid straw grain inclusion. Faint fruit like pear and lemon and trace amounts of earthy honey are evident as it warms up. It also gets cheesy with a pilsner quality that become more pronounced as the experience continues.

The taste has a very mild honey to floral quality mixing with hints of pear, lemon and earth. A mild tartness is present coupled with a slight solvent alcohol note. It gets quite rindy with some bitterness as it warms up. Fortunately, the flavor if this brew does not carry nearly the same amount of sulfur as the aroma would lead you to believe.

This is a medium bodied brew with an effervescent lively level of carbonation. It opens up awkward and slightly off-putting but grows on me as the experience continues. For 6.5% the alcohol is present and warming but not distracting. Having this once was enough to satisfy my curiosity, I dont have much interest in trying this again.

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3.49/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a fairly clear yellow color. A two finger white head forms, and gently recedes to a ring. Light lace is left behind.
S: I get soapy hops up front. Citrus, grassy, and floral. Fruity, ester like yeast and white pepper. Sweetness lingers.
T: Again, soapy slick hops that are grassy and floral. Light citrus notes. Peppery spice and some sweetness lingers. I am not getting much in the way of a distinct yeast character other than some peppery notes.
M/D: A light to medium body. Moderate carbonation, but not as crisp as I would like. Along with the soapy and slick feel here. An enjoyable enough Saison to drink. Though plenty I like more.

I am not a big fan of the soapy and slick character I seem to get throughout. Along with to much honey sweetness in the finish. Not that it is bad at all, just not particularly what I am looking for in the style.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flared pokal.

Big thanks to the Central PA group from the Gang Bang BIF for this bottle!

This guy gushed a little bit, but not too much... After settling, it pours a hazy pale-ish straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, lemon zest, orange zest, and mandarin orange syrup. The taste holds notes of tart lemon, wheat, light coriander, and orange rind. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty dry finish. Overall, a pretty good saison, but one that doesn't really express itself all that much: It's solid, but bordering on boring. I hope that makes sense to somebody else out there...

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3.56/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to stevefinny for this.

4.5 A: Moderately hazed golden yellow color. The bottle gushed a bit on me and I needed two pours to get a full glass. The second pour left almost three fingers of pillowy white head. Retention is very good and tons of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Super dry and super herbal. Thistle, grass, dry hay. Pear leads the fruit party with lemon zest and bitter orange peel. Just the slightest honey component. Some yeasty breadiness.

3.5 T: Quite lemony. Way more than the nose suggested. Tart lemon juice foremost, but also lemon zest - basically lemon merangue pie. Again a big herbal component with the flavors listed in the nose and additionally hints of mint, chard, and parsley. Surprisingly bitter and perhaps a bit too much so. Again the honey is a bit underwhelming, but still a good add. Pear frutiness underneath.

3.5 M: Lighter body. Good moderate carbonation despite the minor gushing. I like spritzy carbonation in saisons and this only has a touch of that. Still, smooth and decent enough.

3.5 D: I looked at some reviews after making mine and I must say that either this bottle is different from what others have been drinking or they are imagining smells and flavors. That said, it's a good beer, but I'd take a HF IPA or porter over this anyday.

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3.57/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks to Joe and Shaun for two bottles of this!

A: Both bottles are gushers, opening with oozing foam that catches me by surprise (in my defense, the second bottle was opened so long after the first that I forgot it was a gusher. I'm really not that dumb... really). Pours a hazy straw body with a fluffy off-white head. Very sticky lace down the sides of the glass.

S: Lemon zest, orchard fruit (pears, apples, apricot), white pepper, and bread.

T: White pepper, coriander, apple, lemon zest. A clean and simple flavor that makes for a refreshing beer.

M: Light-bodied, owing to aggressive carbonation that makes the beer foamy in the finish. This quality could be dialed back, as it's very distracting.

O: This is above-average, but against Hill Farmstead's other saisons, it doesn't climb into upper-tier territory.

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Anna from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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